Living Building Challenge

The Living Building Challenge is the most rigorous sustainability certification program.  The Living Building Challenge recognizes design that promotes sustainability in the following 'petals': place, water usage, energy usage, health & happiness, materials, equity, and beauty.

Lighting fixtures specifically pertain to the 'Materials' and 'Health & Happiness' petals.

 

Materials: Red List

Within the "materials" requirements, the Living Building Challenge dictates that 90% of the building materials must not contain "Red List" ingredients in excess of 0.01% of the total product.  There is a "Small Component" exception for products containing greater than ten constiuent parts. The exempt small component is in a discrete, contained form, and does not exceed 10% of the greater product. 

Edison Price Lighting recessed luminaires and wallgrazing luminaires meet The Living Building Challenge's "Red List" chemical requirements. Track, outlet box, surface, and pendant-mounted luminaires meet the requirements with a modification for powder coating. Contact us to arrange this modification. 

Our factory, located in New York City, manufactures as sustainability as possible. We use non-polluting water-based solvents, and purchase only RoHS compliant components. We minimize resource consumption before manufacturing, and  recycle or repurpose afterwards.

Contact us for further details and documentation. 

 

Materials: Local sourcing

The Living Building Challenge promotes local material sourcing and manufacturing, by setting a designated radius depending on the budget. 

  • 20% of material construction budget may be sourced from a manufacturing facility within a radius up to 500 km (310 miles).
  • 30% of the material construction budget may be sourced from a manufacturing facility within a radius up to 1000 km (621 miles).
  • 25% of the material construction budget may be sourced from a manufacturing facility within a radius up to 5000 km (3107 miles).
  • 25% of materials may be sourced from anywhere.

Edison Price Lighting's factory is located in Long Island City in New York City, falling within an environmentally-friendly radius covering North America. 

  • Our 500 km (310 miles) radius includes Richmond, VA; Pittsburgh, PA.; Portland, ME.
  • Our 1000 km (621 miles) radius includes Greenville, SC; Cincinnnati, OH; Grand Rapids, MI; Saguenay, Quebec.
  • Our 5000 km (3107 miles) radius includes Quito, Ecuador; McCarthy, AK; and Reykjavik, Iceland.

Our factory itself sources materials as locally as possible, including copper conductors from Pennsylvania, aluminum castings from New Jersey, and paint from Massachusetts.

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Health & Happiness: Biophilic environment pattern

The Living Building Challenge encourages design that incorporates natural shapes, forms, and features. Lighting is a key natural element that should be considered.

  • Natural daylight should be prioritized whenever possible.
  • When artifical light is required, it should mimic natural light's dynamicism and diffusion. 

Edison Price Lighting's luminaires emulate dynamic and diffuse natural light.

  • Automated lighting controls can emulate dynamic natural light. On/off and low-level dimming may be prescheduled according to natural light levels throughout the day. Lighting automation is available via wireless luminaires, via Bluetooth or Zigbee, or wired dimming controls, via Lutron controls.
  • Tunable white lighting can emulate dynamic natural light. Tunable white luminaires can be adjusted from daylight's cool color temperatures to sunset's warm colot temperatures.
  • Glare control can emulate natural light. Precisely shaped aluminum reflectors and the use of cross-baffles minimize aperture brightness, creating soft, comfortable lighting.